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Interviews: Gaslight Anthem

Contributed by ben_conoley. Posted on Monday, July 7, 2008 at 7:00 PM (EDT)


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Gaslight Anthem are just over a month away from the release of their second album, The '59 Sound. The New Jersey-based band has had quite an explosive year with their breakout debut Sink or Swim as well as a well-received follow-up EP Señor and the Queen. The band is spending some time on the Warped Tour this summer and recently caught up with Punknews interviewer Zack Shapiro.

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You
guys have blown up so quickly in the past year with everybody just
absolutely addicted to your sound, can you talk about that a little bit?


Brian Fallon (vocals, guitar): It's strange. I mean, all of a sudden
there were kids at shows. One day there wasn’t and then all of a sudden
there was. It seems like, I don’t know, it’s so fast. We’ve played
Asbury Lanes a hundred times and we never had like a sold out or ticket
sales and that’s nuts. I can’t really explain how it’s happening.

We talk about having fun a lot. Maybe that’s it. I don’t know many
bands out there that just talk about having a good time. Maybe that’s
it. I’m really just grateful for it.



In becoming big so quickly, have you guys had any growing pains or tough adjustments?

Alex Rosamila (guitar): Our schedule has gotten really hectic. Being
homeless, that’s something I had to get used to, not having my own
place.

BF: When we come home from tour some of the guys have to bounce between
friends' couches and things like that. I think not having a place to
stay and just keeping up with the schedule. I think being so quickly
thrown into this wow we’re on tour for eight months straight. And I
think that’s kinda been rough.

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Señor and the Queen featured four different sounds, why did you choose to fluctuate so much in your sound?

BF: I think it was more of a drifting between Sink or Swim and what we were going to do with The ’59 Sound
and I was definitely feeling some kind of transition happening. I feel
like that was us figuring out the transition to the next record. The
first two songs were written in January and the second two were written
in February and we kinda figured it out more as the last two songs
sound more like the record than the first two song. I think “Elvis” was
a big transition point. I think that was like “Whoa! I think we got
something here.”

Benny Horowitz (drums): Yeah, it was definitely trying new stuff. It
was the process too, I guess. You ask us in two years, we’ll probably
say The ’59 Sound was our attempt to get somewhere else.




”Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts” is a real blue-collar story, can you talk a little bit about the song’s background?

BF: That song is just about our friends from home, from New Brunswick
and from Asbury Park and it’s just like the scene we have here. I
actually saw a picture of our last show at [Asbury] Lanes and it’s a
bunch of guys on the stage singing and all of us were wearing white
t-shirts and blue jeans and I was just like, “Man, that’s cool.” And
the picture just represented having a good time at a show. Yeah, so
that song’s kind of about home.




On both Sink or Swim and Senor and the Queen we hear a lot about Maria. Why did you decide to call every girl Maria?


BF: That’s kind of a secret. You’ll steal all my mojo if I tell you what that’s about. Nah, man that’s a personal thing.



The recurring themes in your music seem to center around the radio,
driving and getting out of a current situation, can you talk about that?


BF: Yeah, that’s just what we do here. Driving and trying to get a
little bit better our parents did, I guess? To not have to worry? I
don’t know. That was the whole thing like “I’m gonna get in a band. I
know I can’t be a doctor so I’m gonna try to leave here and make
something different.” I think like, “It’s just over that next highway”
thing. You know, the answer. We’re searchers, wanderers.

BH: I think it’s what you do around here a lot of the time. It’s not
like any real cities usually in Jersey. You do a lot of driving, a lot
of listening to music.



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Touching on that last question, what was your first car?

BF: My first car was a Plymouth Horizon hatchback that my mom’s friend
gave to me. And it made it about a week, but it was awesome. That car
meant freedom like that was it for me.

BH: Mine was a 1990 Ford Tempo that died. I had to take it off the road because it almost killed me a number of times.

Alex Levine (bass): ’93 Mazda MX3 and I almost died in that car actually.

AR: 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and drove it into the ground. It
was gray with maroon interior and I literally drove it into the ground.





So what’s next for the Gaslight Anthem? You’ve done Europe and said you wanted to go back, have you thought about Japan?

BF: Yeah we’ve thought about Japan.

AR: Nobody’s though about it for us, I guess. [Laughs]

BF: Then Warped Tour, home for a few days then to Australia.




The album comes out in August, what exactly is The ’59 Sound

BF: That’s another one of those secrets. Those are the secrets of rock
'n' roll. You don’t ask Elvis to see his blue suede shows, ya know? You
don’t ask Bruce where Thunder Road is. It’s like, whatever a better
time is for you. Whatever reminds you of a better time. I look at 1959
like rock 'n' roll was just coming around and it was a simpler time, I
think. There were issues back then too, but there’s always issues.

BH: Even in our reality, they weren’t our issues so we can reflect on
it in a different way than people who went through it. A positive light.




What’s one thing you want your fans to know about the new album?

BF: We tried to just make a record that people could look back on and
go “What’s the Gaslight Anthem sound like?” “Aw dude, this is the
record.” We tried to define ourselves, really, with this one.

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PostSubject: Re: New Interview   New Interview Icon_minitimeSun Jul 13, 2008 7:54 pm

god damn i love them guys
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PostSubject: Re: New Interview   New Interview Icon_minitimeTue Jul 15, 2008 5:23 pm

That is a great interview...

...you have no idea how happy I am for them that success is coming their way
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PostSubject: Re: New Interview   New Interview Icon_minitimeTue Jul 15, 2008 5:25 pm

YES....and they are deserving it so hard!!!
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PostSubject: Re: New Interview   New Interview Icon_minitimeWed Jul 16, 2008 11:58 am

yeah they deserve it, there music is so good.
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PostSubject: Re: New Interview   New Interview Icon_minitimeSat Jan 31, 2009 11:10 pm

Glad you guys liked my interview. Hopefully there are more to come.
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PostSubject: Re: New Interview   New Interview Icon_minitimeSat Jan 31, 2009 11:55 pm

Hopefully many more!
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